If you are studying French to do a GCSE in 2019 join the club! At the time of writing (December 2018) I speak absolutely no French but I passionately believe that by following my free 10 week course on YouTube and using the tips I am going to share with you below I'll be ready in May 2019. More importantly, so will you if you do the same! As I've said many times before on this website there is nothing special about me other than my determination to make language learning a habit. Prove that by getting involved in this challenge and kick start your French journey!
The first thing you need to do if you are learning French is start to care about France as a country. It is all too easy to forget why you are learning a language when you're doing it at GCSE. It can easily become all about the precise topic or verb you're learning rather than about the bigger picture. Try your best to raise yourself above this and remember that if you put in the effort you will actually be able to speak French! This will be so amazing! If you happen to be learning French but don't love France at the moment use the next few weeks to find out all about it and start to fall in love with it. If you love your sport find out as much as you can about French sport. Into music? Google French music and start listening to it. Love your cars research the French ones? History your thing? French history is one of the most fascinating histories of any European nation. Whatever it is you love in English start finding out about that thing from a French perspective. If you do this enough you will begin to trick your brain into thinking that you love France (assuming you don't at the moment) but, here's the best thing, France is so fascinating that it won't be a trick for long! You will end up loving France! Once you're at this point you're ready to really get into the nuts and bolts of learning French!
To do that I would recommend you get your folks to get hold of Benny Lewis' Language Hacking book and work your way through that day by day. I would also recommend the 'Dummies Guide' to French. If you alternate between these two resources whilst also working through my 10 week Youtube based course you should have enough to stop you ever being bored and to help you really Kick Start your French journey!
Remember, above all else, my main tip for smashing your GCSE French is to stop relying on your teacher to 'teach you' French and get going with learning it on your own. Once you've properly got your learning kick started and can have a basic conversation in French you can then use your teacher to tighten up on your grammar and guide you on the best way to learn the specific subject knowledge content you need to pass your GCSE. In other words, your aim to is to learn to speak French and this will mean you smash your GCSE rather than your aim being to smash your GCSE and learning French just to try to do that. One of these routes has a future and will see you leaving school speaking French. The other is a boring and soul destroying pursuit. Take your pick!